At about 10 o'clock the members of the St. Louis professional base ball club make their appearance and for an hour or two try to work off some of their superfluous fat which has accumulated upon them since last season. They are a healthy looking set of young men, full of fun but decidedly more fond of ball-tossing than dumb-ball brandishing. In the afternoon they frequently come around again and indulge in more jostling of iron weights.
-St. Louis Republican, March 19, 1875
This is a nice little report of the training methods employed by the Brown Stockings, as they prepared for the 1875 season, and it comes from a much larger article about the St. Louis Gymnasium, where the club, under the leadership of Mase Graffen, were training.